- One of the teachers at my children's school, Craig Doerksen, has migrated to Eugene, Oregon, where he is now the Director at Blue Tower Arts Center, an artist-in-residence program which "encourages, educates, and guides artists who desire to explore the claims and relevancy of Christianity in the vital calling of art production as they understand, respond and contribute to our contemporary world." Most interesting to me is their one-year informal study program for artists beginning in Fall 2006. Both Craig and co-founder Wesley Hurd have much to offer, and I encourage you to check out their website and support this much needed work.
- If you recall my post of on "The Reformation of Athletics"(Feb. 21, 2006) you might check out this article by Dr. Peter Enns on "Loving Christ While I Cheer for the Yankees." Enns explores why we love sports so much and how to know when our love for them has gone too far. He ends with a commendable point: "As Christians we need to cultivate an attitude of theological reflection about those very things that fill up our daily hours [like sports]. Very often it is the mundane, everyday things that most persistently -- and subtly -- affect us in our Christian walk, for good or ill."
- If you'd like to do something constructive about the passing of the CD or long form album as an art form (see my post of January 12, 2006), visit my friend Tony Shore's website Save the CD and purchase a cool t-shirt. Tony has posted articles regarding the histroy of the CD, why its format should be preserved in some way, and more. It's a cool site, a labor of love, and your help getting the word out about it and purchasing a t-shirt will help.
- Finally, and along the lines of reflecting theologically about everything, an article by Christian mathematician Charles Edward White helps us do so about numbers in an article called "God By the Numbers." many Christian mathematicians think that numbers point to God, specifically, three numbers: 1 in 10 to the 10 to the 123; 1 in 10 to the 162; and finally, Euler's number, which is "e" to the "ni." Is that a provocative enough statement? Wondering what all this means? That's a bit more sophisticated than my conclusion that the only two numbers that meant anything before Creation were 1 and 3. If you're like me, you don't reflect theologically on numbers that much. Enns makes me think we should.
Do you think I think about such things while I'm out walking? Not much, really. It's usually less profound, like "Did I eat at Taco Bell twice yesterday?" I'm serious.